AUDIO: New Bedford, Gloucester and Industry Appeal Against NOAA Heard in Federal Court
BOSTON - September 5, 2012 - Oral arguments in the appeal of the lawsuit
filed by the Cities of New Bedford and Gloucester, and a number of East
Coast fishing industry interests against Amendment 16, the framework
for the federal government's fisheries catch share system, were heard by
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston today.
The plaintiffs allege that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration ignored important procedural and substantive provisions
of law enacted by Congress to protect traditional fishing communities
and to shield small businesses from arbitrary acts by the agency.
6 - James F. Kavanaugh, Jr., closing statement
May 18, 2013 -- You find yourself and your industry being eroded. Not by fact-based evidence but by the wild ramblings of people who are ideologically driven to persecute those that make a living from a common resource. If this is you my friend, you are a fisherman. Be proud. Be strong. Be safe.
- Hampden firm pokes holes in traditional boat mooring, leaving room for lobsters, crabs and other sea life